Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | September 7, 2020

Blow your own Trumpet

“Blow your own Trumpet” you’re thinking?

Seems a simple enough idea and who could blame you for wondering what’s he on about. Really you have to blow your own Trumpet as there is hardly the possibility of someone blowing it with you or maybe helping you blow, so here I go “Blowing my own Trumpet”.

For my younger students.
Definition of blow one’s own trumpet
: to talk about oneself or one’s achievements especially in a way that shows that one is proud or too proud. He had a very successful year and has every right to blow his own trumpet.

Firstly, let’s talk about Jazz, where Trumpet and Guitar often meet.  Don Burrows, the Australian Jazz legend, formed the Don Burrows Quartet with George Golla (guitar), Ed Gaston (double bass) and Alan Turnbull (drums). He also worked with Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Stéphane Grappelli, Cleo Laine, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

If your into a bit of Jazz make sure you look up this Quartet

My connection to Don Burrows could be that I have taught Jazz Guitar to lots of students during my career or it could be that…


The award is for Recognition of Long Service for Music tutors in Independent Schools.

Blowing my own Trumpet ? Yes I am, but I’m very proud of the acknowledgement that the award brings especially as it is from my peers, the Association of Heads of Music in Non-Government Schools.



  1. As I said to you a few weeks ago, Leigh, I always feel uplifted after a lesson with you.

    • I appreciate that comment very much Colin.
      Many Thanks.
      PS See you Tuesday

  2. Hi again Leigh
    Great to hear from you!! I often think of you and read all your posts. You look fit and well.

    I have just been mowing the lawns listening to MMM Classic Rock Essential Vinyl and today they played Pink Floyd’s Wish You Where Here from cover to cover. Bought back memories of me trying to learn the title track!

    I have been very busy since we last met . Something had to give and it was the guitars . Unfortunately they haven’t been out of their cases in what must be 2 1/2 years. My last lesson was in March 2018!
    Things are starting to calm down now and I would like to start learning (from scratch) again early next year.
    Are you still teaching then and if so would you have room for me?

    • Hi Bob,

      Thanks for your email and I‘m pleased to hear of your continued enthusiasm for guitar.

      I will be teaching next year but am unable to guarantee a spot to anyone- and particularly as far away as next year- as I have no vacancies and a waiting list.

      Covid19 has been good for business as I was able to work full-time all the way through the shutdown. Additionally all 5 of my workplaces have strong numbers learning, hence the waiting list.

      I will be in touch next year as vacancies occur.

      Hope this finds you well.

      Thanks Bob.


  3. Congratulations Leigh!

    • HI Bob,
      Great to hear from you and thank you for your kind words.
      Hope this finds you well.

  4. Hi Leigh, Congratulations on your well deserved award ! That must have been quite a buzz.

    I am happily retired these days and have been for a few months. For most of this time,unfortunately, I had a fairly severe case of double vision courtesy, I think, of an adverse reaction to a flu shot… but all good now. I have been dabbling in guitar, getting ideas from youtube etc. but I’m probably a worse player now than when we last met, but I can live with that. At least I know some things about guitar and music and song construction. You may see me again some time if I feel the need to “get serious” again! For now, I am enjoying destressing from the workforce. All the best, regards Mel Harrison

    Sent from OPPO Mail

    • Hi Mel,
      Great to hear from you and I’m pleased to hear retirement is working out well.
      Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance.
      Happy Playing Mel!

  5. During the little time I’ve known you Leigh your teaching comes across professionally and down to earth. Well deserved accolade congratulations.

  6. Congratulations Leigh. Great recognition for all the effort you put into teaching guitar.

  7. Congratulations on you achievement Leigh, great recognition of your hard work and dedication.

  8. Congratulations Leigh very well deserved

  9. Congratulations Leigh. Well deserved.

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